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Penguins Surge Past Blackhawks 4-1 In Preseason

Pittsburgh Penguins' Jordan Staal, right, is shoved off the puck by Chicago Blackhawks' Brian Connelly (56) in the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jordan Staal, right, is shoved off the puck by Chicago Blackhawks’ Brian Connelly (56) in the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game in Pittsburgh, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jordan Staal scored twice in the third period to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins past the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 in exhibition play on Thursday night.

Matt Cooke and Tyler Kennedy also scored for the Penguins, who got all their goals in the third period after falling behind 1-0.

Staal started the run by putting in a rebound. Cooke, one of the game’s most notorious hitters, showed soft hands with a deflection of a backhand from Craig Adams to give the Penguins (2-0) the lead.

Michael Frolik scored in the second period for the Blackhawks (0-2).

Chicago starting goaltender Alexander Salak stopped all eight shots he faced before giving way to veteran Ray Emery, who allowed four goals on 19 shots.

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